Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has paid tribute his aides who were murdered during the February 23, 2019 Presidential election and National Assembly elections in the State. The remains of Reginald Dei, Bayelsa State Government House photographer, and Seidougha Taribi, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were committed to mother Earth on
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has paid tribute his aides who were murdered during the February 23, 2019 Presidential election and National Assembly elections in the State.
The remains of Reginald Dei, Bayelsa State Government House photographer, and Seidougha Taribi, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were committed to mother Earth on Friday.
The late Taribi was also a Senior Special Assistant to Governor Seriake Dickson on Grassroots Mobilisation.
They were allegedly gunned down by yet-to-be-identified soldiers on election duty in Oweikorogha in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the State.
The governor who spoke at a commendation service in honour of the two young men in Yenagoa on Friday, offered automatic employment to the young widows of the deceased and scholarship to the children they left behind.
He condemned the incessant deployment of State institutions to undermine the peace and stability of Bayelsa since 2015 for political reasons.
Dickson alleged that the two corpses were clear evidence of the alleged politically motivated killings perpetrated by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State who had the backing of the Federal Government.
He said it was absurd and, indeed, reprehensible for criminals to be given security cover in the residence of supposed APC leaders after committing brazen acts of criminality against the state as was the case in the murder of Dei and Seidougha.
According to him, “security operatives were put at the disposal of APC leaders in the State to intimidate, kill and maim our people during the last elections.”
He described the day of the burial of “The Oweikorogha Two” as one of the saddest day of his administration as the duo were killed by soldiers who were taken to their residence by some Oweikorogha citizens to murder them.
He lamented that the main culprits in the dastardly act boasted that he would go to the residence of an APC leader in Abuja to evade arrest by security men as if Abuja had become a sanctuary for killers.
Dickson said, “The killers in Bayelsa that are known are protected by the agencies of the Nigerian state. If anyone ever thought that all I have been saying about killers and their protection was politics, here lies the evidence.
“The Federal Government is not interested in the peace security and stability of Bayelsa. They want Bayelsa to be turned into a state of blood like other states.
“In Katsina, there were no killings, but here soldiers were deployed for all APC politicians”, he said.
He urged the people of the state to remain calm and vigilant, stating that his administration would embark on what he called, “The Niger Delta Movement”, to mobilise people in their various communities on how to defend themselves as the Federal Government has failed in its primary responsibility of protecting lives and property.
The governor described the late Dei as a very professional and dedicated member of his Media team in Government House, and Taribi as a decent and honourable young man.
He said that the late photographer drew commendations from even visitors and foreigners to Government House because of his devotion to duty.
Also in his remarks, the State Deputy Governor, Gboribiogha Jonah, expressed shock that soldiers who are funded with tax payers’ money could turn their weapons against the people.
Jonah, a retired Rear Admiral of the Nigerian Navy, said that the murder of the innocent was unacceptable in any civilized clime as there are specified rules of engagement for the military whose role in elections are defined.
He said that the military had a responsibility to investigate the killings.
The Senator-elect for Bayelsa Central, Douye Diri; the Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson; Commissioner for Agriculture, Doudei Week, and the member representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 2 in the House of Assembly, Monday Obolo-Bubou, were among the dignitaries that attended the service.